Lions park to get facelift
MAUREEN Clancy is known for her tenacity.
The acting Banana Shire Mayor has been lobbying for more than six years for Moura's popular Lions Park to receive a facelift.
She sat back in the Council chamber watching as other parks in the shire and projects developed, constantly badgering her fellow councillors not to forget the park in the heart of Moura.
Finally, her fighting has paid off and over the next month work will start on the redevelopment of Lions Park.
Council received a grant of $189,000 to complete the overhaul which includes a flying fox and space-net play equipment, several new shade shelters and barbecues and a path network connecting all the equipment.
“This project has been on the cards for a while, it is terrific to see it finally going ahead,” Cr Clancy said.
“We have held four meetings with various groups including active users of the park, the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce to make sure we were getting exactly what the community wanted.
“Most of the new playground equipment is targeted towards older children, the 10-15 age bracket, because there is already some equipment for the younger ones.
“The old barbecue will be demolished. It has been out in the weather and is a little bit rusty and not very inviting.
“All the new barbecues will be placed under cover.”
Cr Clancy said all the equipment had been ordered and work should start within the next month.
“The park is already very popular with young families - mums take their kids to the park and catch up with other families.
“We had to identify a park in town to upgrade and we selected the Lions Park over the Rotary Park for this reason.
“Rotary Park is ideally situated for tourists and money will be spent on it in the future.
“The community is really happy the park is finally getting a facelift,” she said.